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Using data for equitable climate action

The Community of Practice (CP) supports community-based leaders and city staff using the GEM platform who are committed to learning more about how data and mapping can advance climate equity and environmental justice goals.


Monthly workshops, network building, and resource sharing help users learn from each other and build productive relationships between communities most negatively impacted by climate change and city governments.

Through peer consultancy, leadership, and participation, Community of Practice members develop skills and troubleshoot challenges creating solutions for racially equitable climate action.

GEM Process Guide: For Cities and Communities Developing Shared Analysis of Equity Maps

Collaboration between local government and communities impacted by inequities are key to transformative climate and equity outcomes. Cities that invest in community partnerships and participatory planning have a greater capacity for practical climate solutions than cities where partnerships do not exist. To prepare for and address the impacts of the climate crisis, city staff and leaders from frontline communities must build strong working relationships.


Upright Consulting Services convened a national team of practitioners to develop the GEM Process Guide which should be used together with the equity maps. The national team of practitioners came from an extensive background in city government, community organizing, participatory action research, energy efficiency policy, and facilitation. 


Rosa Gonzalez (Facilitating Power) led the creation of the Process Guide for cities to work with communities by developing a shared analysis of equity maps. Download the guide to learn more about how it supports city staff in collaborating with community organizers to implement inclusive processes and programs based on the equity data produced by GEM.


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Understanding and Mapping Transportation Burden
Peter Haas, Chief Analyst, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Karen Apple, Electric Vehicle Program Manager, City of Phoenix, Office of Sustainability
February 22, 2024 at 6:00:00 PM

Join us February 22nd, at 1pm EST/10am PST for an informational session on our new equity map indicator: Transportation Burden. This workshop will be led by special guests and community partners: Peter Hass, Chief Analyst at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), and Karen Apple, Electric Vehicle Program Manager with the City of Phoenix’s Office of Sustainability. CNT will guide us behind the development of the transportation burden indicators and maps , and Karen will walk us through the application of transportation data as it relates to her work in electrifying vehicles in Arizona.

Meet our partners and learn more about GEMs newest Transportation Burden indicator!

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By signing up for the Community of Practice, you will receive invitations to monthly calls and 2-3 emails a month providing resources and offerings for GEM users!
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Meeting Archives

Clean Energy Jobs Calculator Workshop
December 7, 2023

Angelica "Jellie" Chavez Duckworth
Etan Gumerman
Kavin Manickaraj

Join GreenlinkAnalytics for a sneak peek at the new Clean Energy Jobs Calculator and how our remote teams—Equity, Analysis, and Data Science—work together!

GreenlinkOrg's latest tool analyzes Community-level data to identify the impact of clean energy investments on local industries and job creation, indicating which job titles, occupations, and skills may benefit most.

In this workshop we highlight the work streams and roles of our different teams in developing tools to create resources available for communities. We will also discuss how the work of our various teams ties together on the Clean Energy Jobs Calculator.

Extreme Heat Events: Record Highs, Disproportionate Impacts, and Targeted Solutions
July 27, 2023

Angelica Chavez Duckworth, Greenlink Analytics
Sharanya Madhavan, GEM Data Scientist, Greenlink Analytics
Daniel Wagner, GEM Project Manager, Greenlink Analytics

July 2023's interactive workshop focuses on the impacts of #ExtremeHeat events nationwide and how our #DataMapping tool, #GEM, can help target neighborhoods most negatively burdened by urban heat intensity. The Greenlink Analytics Equity Team leads a discussion on the implications of extreme heat events on our health and approaches to mitigate its negative effects in our communities.

Using Equity Mapping in Canvassing
October 26, 2023

Adrienne Rice, Sustainable Georgia Futures
Ty Wilson, Sustainable Georgia Futures
Angelica "Jellie" Chavez Duckworth, Greenlink Analytics

Join the GreenlinkAnalytics Equity Team and Sustainable Georgia Futures for the October 2023 Community of Practice Workshop on how to use data for canvassing. Data is a critical tool that can help us identify where to prioritize our time organizing communities around environmental justice initiatives.

This workshop explores an example from the City of Atlanta’s WeatheRISE Program. Guest speakers, Adrienne Rice and Ty Wilson with Sustainable Georgia Futures, alongside Greenlink Analytics’ Angelica (Jellie) Duckworth, will share how they’re using equity mapping to increase energy efficiency in Atlanta’s most energy-burdened neighborhoods. Join us to learn how to use GEM (and other data tools) for canvassing.

Mapping Native Lands
June 22, 2023

Sharanya Madhavan, GEM Data Scientist, Greenlink Analytics

June 2023's interactive workshop covers #GreenlinkOrg's newest #GreenlinkEquityMap indicator, Native Lands boundaries, along with a presentation from Greenlink’s Samantha Houck and Jellie Duckworth on land recognition and Indigenous science that details why Greenlink has decided to take on this endeavor for recognition of our first nations.

Data Literacy & Accessibility: How to Translate Data into Stories - Community of Practice
September 21, 2023

Angelica Chavez Duckworth, Greenlink Analytics
Sharanya Madhavan, Greenlink Analytics
Daniel Wagner, Greenlink Analytics
Samantha Houck, Greenlink Analytics

Join the #GreenlinkAnalytics #Equity Team for the September 2023 Community Of Practice Workshop about translating data into stories. Stories are an influential form of communication. Stories are the way we create meaning and gain understanding about the world around us.

Implementing Data-Informed & Community-Centered Weatherization Programs
May 18, 2023

Daniel Wagner, GEM Project Manager, Greenlink Analytics

Join Greelink's Daniel Wagner for a dive into a case study of an equitable weatherization program in Ohio. The robust program was carried out by Westown Community Development Corporation using the Greenlink Equity Map (GEM) as its main tool for implementing energy efficiency alternatives to the residents most in need. Workshop attendees learned how to use GEM to help effectively raise the concerns of frontline, fenceline, low-income, and environmental justice communities to ensure fair distribution of resources.


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